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10:50 PM ET, June 23, 2010

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Kent Walker / YouTube Blog:
YouTube wins case against Viacom  —  Today, the court granted our motion for summary judgment in Viacom's lawsuit with YouTube.  This means that the court has decided that YouTube is protected by the safe harbor of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) against claims of copyright infringement.
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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Google Wins YouTube Copyright Suit; Viacom Promises Appeal  —  Google (GOOG) has won its long-running case against Viacom (VIA), who accused the search giant's YouTube of massive copyright infringement and asked for $1 billion in damages.  Viacom promises to appeal the federal court ruling.
Michael Fricklas / Viacom:
TODAY'S COURT RULING  —  We are disappointed with the judge's ruling, but confident we will win on appeal.  Copyright protection is essential to the survival of creative industries.  It is and should be illegal for companies to build their businesses with creative material they have stolen from others.
Discussion: MediaMemo
Richard Waters / blogs.ft.com:   Why Viacom ruling could take YouTube to profitability
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Huge Victory: Court Rules For YouTube Against Viacom
Discussion: NewTeeVee
Josh Elman / Twitter Blog:
Following your friends and colleagues  —  Many Twitter users follow their favorite celebrities, sports heroes, or brands.  They often find and follow even more nearby businesses or experts in their industry.  And, of course, people also follow friends, family and associates so that they can keep updated on what's happening with them.
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MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Well That Was Fast — Facebook Blocks Twitter's Way To Look Up Friends  —  Well this is interesting.  No sooner do we post about Twitter's new ability to look up friends on Facebook, does Facebook block the app.  It's not yet clear if this block is intentional or if it was simply getting hit …
Discussion: ReadWriteWeb and Erictric
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
HUGE: Twitter Lets You Automatically Follow Your Facebook Friends [UPDATED]
Discussion: The Next Web
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Android 2.2 Froyo source code available today  —  It's still not hitting the bulk of Nexus Ones as far as we can tell, but for what it's worth, Google has unleashed the source code for Android 2.2 today, which is a solid sign that the code's been bulletproofed to the Open Handset Alliance's satisfaction …
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Andy Rubin / The Official Google Blog:
Celebrating Android  —  Today, Verizon and Motorola announced the newest device powered by Android at an event in New York.  We were thrilled to be there, and humbled by what our partners have been able to accomplish with Android.  Every day 160,000 Android-powered devices are activated …
Nicholas Carlson / Silicon Alley Insider:
Whoa! Google Android Activations Leap 60% In A Month (GOOG)
Discussion: Guardian
Verizon:
July 2010: DROID X By Motorola Lands On The Nation's Largest & Most Reliable 3G Network  —  DROID X Delivers More Browsing, More Connectivity, Personal HD Video and Enterprise Features - All on a 4.3" Widescreen Verizon Wireless, the company with the nation's largest and most reliable wireless 3G network …
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Brandon LeBlanc / The Windows Blog:
150 Million Licenses of Windows 7 Sold, Windows Live Betas Announced  —  I have a couple of things to tell you about today.  First off, we are excited to announce that Windows 7 has sold 150 million licenses to-date.  As I've said before, Windows 7 is the fastest selling operating system …
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Evelyn Rusli / TechCrunch:
HP Goes NuTsie For Melodeo, Pays $30 Million For Music Streaming Service  —  HP is preparing for a major showdown with Apple.  After snapping up the beleaguered Palm for $1.2 billion, Hewlett-Packard has purchased Melodeo, a Lala competitor, for roughly $30 to $35 million, according to a source familiar with the deal.
Jon Brodkin / Computerworld:
Google Docs creates expectations CIOs can't meet, Red Hat CEO says  —  Red Hat CEO says CIOs are “under siege” by user expectations.  —  As chief executive of Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst spends much of his time traveling the world and talking to CIOs, and he constantly hears one thing: that they are “under siege” by user expectations.
Discussion: internetnews.com
Will Smit / Google Enterprise Blog:
Introducing multi-domain support in Google Apps  —  Thousands of organizations deploy Google Apps every day, and a challenge for some large businesses has been migrating employees on multiple domains.  Until now, companies that ran into this issue could either set up other domains as domain aliases …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Looks Like Apple Is Suing HTC (Again)  —  It appears Apple has filed yet another patent infringement lawsuit against HTC and its subsidiaries.  —  From the looks of it, the new suit, which was filed earlier this week in the same Delaware court as the initial lawsuit filed in March 2010 …
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Apple: White iPhone 4 Won't Be Available Until Second Half Of July  —  Apple just released a statement saying that the white iPhone 4 will not be available until the second half of July due to manufacturing challenges.  It's unclear from the statement what those challenges are.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 is Faster than 3GS and Slower than iPad in Early Benchmarks
Discussion: Guardian, IntoMobile, TiPb, Geek.com and Bits
MG Siegler / TechCrunch:
Flickr Gets More Photogenic With A Complete Photo Page Overhaul  —  As many Yahoo properties continue to stumble (or worse), one that remains very dear to my heart is Flickr, the massive photo-sharing service.  With over 4 billion photos and videos (and about 3 million new ones uploaded each day) …
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Microsoft's next web browser will display rich graphics (demo videos)  —  Microsoft showed off the next version of its Internet Explorer browser today, proving that it can make a big technological leap by displaying web pages that use rich graphics or high-definition video.
Rich Miller / Data Center Knowledge:
Google: How We're Making the Web Faster  —  Google's Urs Holzle speaking during his keynote presentation at the Velocity 2010 conference Wednesday in Santa Clara.  —  At last year's Velocity conference, Google detailed how faster web pages were boosting its bottom line.
Discussion: The Register, Thanks:atul
Jason Chen / Gizmodo:
iPhone 4 Loses Reception When You Hold It By The Antenna Band?  —  This is a reader video found on Macrumors forums illustrating something weird.  When the guy holds the iPhone in his hands, touching the outside antenna band in two places, he drops reception.  Placing the phone down gets him 4 bars.
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Arn / MacRumors:
iPhone 4 Signal Declines While Being Held?  A Longstanding Phenomenon?
Discussion: MacStories
 
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